The loud and thunderously heavy distorted sounds of rock and roll shook the usually quiet neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn early Sunday morning. Royal Blood were in town to perform at Governors Ball on Sunday. They were also the headliners at Warsaw earlier Sunday morning, as one of Gov Ball's “After Dark” late-night concerts taking place across the city throughout the weekend alongside the 3-day festival.
Also on the bill was the equally boisterous guitar band out of Los Angeles known as The Shelters. The live sound of the four-piece band’s really fun performance was a mix of the energy and mainstream warmth of Jimmy Eat World with some psychedelic elements thrown into the mix during songs like “The Ghost Is Gone.”
While The Shelters immediately got the audience’s adrenaline going with their own jabbing material, it was Royal Blood who showed up with continuous haymakers throughout their own 12-song set. The duo made of Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher took the stage just after 1 a.m., but there was absolutely zero sense of fatigue amongst the audience. They opened up with a pair of new tracks in “Where Are You Now?” and “Lights Out” before mixing in other well-known favorites in “Come On Over,” “Little Monster,” and “Loose Change” to name a few.
“Alright Brooklyn we’re done f**king around!” bassist/singer Mike Kerr proclaimed before tearing into their anthem, “Figure It Out.” His statement must have echoed through the already rattled brains of the audience, as it was after that when bodies began taking flight above the audience with the first few crowd-surfers of the evening.